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As of July 1, 2013 ThinkQuest has been discontinued. We would like to thank everyone for being a part of the ThinkQuest global community: Students - For your limitless creativity and innovation, which inspires us all. Teachers - For your passion in guiding students on their quest. Partners - For your unwavering support and evangelism. Parents - For supporting the use of technology not only as an instrument of learning, but as a means of creating knowledge. We encourage everyone to continue to “Think, Create and Collaborate,” unleashing the power of technology to teach, share, and inspire. Best wishes, The Oracle Education Foundation

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How to teach … times tables Not knowing their multiplication tables can really slow children's mathematical progress once they get to secondary school. Everyone knows it's all about practice, and this can get tiresome. So how to drum these basic skills into your pupils' heads without turning them off? The Guardian Teacher Network has some great resources and ideas to help provide a solid times tables platform for students while at the same time helping teachers (and parents at home, where much of the practising must be done) to keep it fresh. One of the network's star resource providers, maths teacher Mel Muldowney, explains: "Students coming to secondary without knowing their times tables often think they can't do what they are learning in class. They might sit in class thinking they can't do Pythagoras' Theorem as they are not getting the right answer when multiplying, say, seven times seven – but it's not the new work they aren't grasping.

Put down the measuring tape. Using the Kinect to find your height When I saw this, the first thing I thought was just how cool a thing an amusement park could build with this. Gone could be the days of the "You must be taller than this bar," instead replaced with an interactive, themed for the park, height measurement experience. Image standing there with a virtual Mickey or Donald or Bugs Bunny and using the Kinect to measure your children's height, compared to them? (Can't you just see Mickey holding up his virtual hand over a child's head and saying, "Great! You made it?

Understanding MARC Bibliographic: Machine-Readable Cataloging Understanding MARC Bibliographic: Machine-Readable Cataloging Written by Betty Furrie in conjunction with the Data Base Development Department of The Follett Software Company Eighth edition reviewed and edited by the Network Development and MARC Standards Office, Library of Congress Make Handwriting Worksheets - ESL Writing Wizard The Writing Wizard is a free resource for teachers and homeschooling moms and dads. If you like the Writing Wizard, please tell your friends, mention it in your blog, or link to it from your own website. Having gone through those steps, you should be pretty familiar with what the Writing Wizard can do. So, whether you are making writing practice worksheets for kindergarten or elementary school children, in D'Nealian or Zaner-Bloser, in cursive or manuscript, you should now be able to come up with something.

Video - Tar Sands Truth, Trials and Tar Sands: The Beaver Lake Cree Nation Battle Big Oil to Save the Boreal from Susan Smitten on Vimeo. Chief Al Lameman of the Beaver Lake Cree Nation and Jack Woodward, pre-eminent authority on Aboriginal law in Canada, speak to a full house on Salt Spring Island about the need to tackle the tar sands if we are going to really be effective in the fight against climate change. After viewing a film by Alan Bibby entitled Liquid Truth, Chief Lameman describes with heartbreaking honesty how his people can no longer make a traditional way of life in their home territory: "Sometimes you lie awake at night and you think about it...you think this is the end." The Beaver Lake Cree recently decided that enough is enough and this is where lawyer Jack Woodward comes in. His law firm, Woodward & Company, currently represents this small nation from Lac La Biche, Alberta in a lawsuit against both the federal and Alberta governments.

English Language Centre Study Zone: Welcome! About the Study Zone The Study Zone is for students of the English Language Centre (ELC) at the University of Victoria. ELC teachers create the English language lessons and practice exercises. The site is designed for our adult English language learners, but all are welcome to read the lessons and use the exercises. News and Feedback The comments on the Study Zone blog have been great! 10 Puzzle Websites to Sharpen Your Programming Skills By Ben Dowling Solving programming puzzles is a fun way to develop your logical and problem solving abilities. Also, when you’re familiarizing yourself with a new programming language, solving puzzles for that language can help speed up the learning process. Here are the top 10 popular programming puzzle sites that will help test your thinking and improve your programming, problem solving, and logical thinking skills. 1.

"Do We" Really Know Dewey? As of July 1, 2013 ThinkQuest has been discontinued. We would like to thank everyone for being a part of the ThinkQuest global community: Students - For your limitless creativity and innovation, which inspires us all. Teachers - For your passion in guiding students on their quest. 100 COMPLETELY FREE Distance Learning Resources for Homeschoolers Home-schooling your kids? Check out these free online resources for parents and kids of all ages—including lesson plans, activities, educational online games, test prep, online high schools, forums and support groups. Lesson Plans Hotchalk: A lesson plan resource for kids of all ages, from pre-kindergarten to high school. Educator’s Reference Desk: Wide range of lesson plans for all ages encompassing a variety of subjects including philosophy, physical education, computer science and the arts as well as the three R’s.

Scientists target Canada over climate change Prominent campaigners, politicians and scientists have called for Canada to be suspended from the Commonwealth over its climate change policies. The coalition's demand came before this weekend's Commonwealth heads of government summit in Trinidad and Tobago, at which global warming will top the agenda, and next month's UN climate conference in Copenhagen. Despite criticism of Canada's environmental policies, the prime minister, Stephen Harper, is to attend the Copenhagen summit.

Teaching Resources and Lesson Plans from the Federal Government FREE Features These features originally appeared on the FREE.ED.gov features blog. The features highlight resources and ideas related to holidays, awareness months, anniversaries and seasonal topics. January Creating an e-book: Tips on formatting and converting your document By Serdar Yegulalp April 26, 2011 11:26 AM ET Computerworld - After years of marginal acceptance, e-books have finally started to eclipse their printed-and-bound ancestors. Casual and sophisticated readers alike are growing much more accustomed to reading from a device -- an e-reader, a smartphone, a tablet or a laptop.

Understanding Call Numbers Understanding Call Numbers Reading To be able to efficiently read Library of Congress (LC) call numbers is quite a skill. This tutorial was created to help library users uncover the mysteries of call number reading. Let's start with a sample call number: Call numbers can begin with one, two, or three letters. 124 Sites For Free Children's Books Online Introduction This is a listing of 234 sites that legally offer free ebooks for children to read. There is a separate listing of audio books for children at Best Free Audio Books Online For Children. (72 sites) This page is geared towards younger children. I recently added a page of site listings for

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